27 Intel Dual Core Pentium Extreme Edition 840 Review

This year, Intel launches its Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition series of processors incorporating dual cores within a single CPU. This seems to be a trend this year… dual everything, from dual Video Cards to dual core CPUs, the X2s from AMD and of course Intel’s Dual Cores. Let’s take a look at the Flagship Dual Core Pentium Extreme Edition 840 from Intel.

Dual processors have been in the market for a long time. Most often used in
servers where heavy processing power is needed , dual processor systems can
handle tasks significantly faster in multi-threaded applications.

This year, Intel launches its Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition series
of processors incorporating dual cores within a single CPU. This seems to be
a trend this year… dual everything, from dual Video Cards (nVidia’s SLI and
ATi’s Cross-Fire), to dual core CPUs, the X2s from AMD and of course Intel’s
Dual Cores.

Let’s take a look at the range of Dual Core processors from Intel.

28 Intel Dual Core Pentium Extreme Edition 840 Review

The main advantage the 840 Extreme Edition has over the Pentium D is the additional
2 threads from the Hyper-Threading on each of the Dual Core. So on top of Dual
Cores, the Pentium Extreme Edition hyper-threads as well, giving it an effective
4 simultaneous threads.

Today, we take a close look at Intel’s current Flagship model, the Pentium
Extreme Edition 840.

With Intel’s confidence in the multi-tasking strength of their processors,
let’s see if they can deliver an improvement over their previous generation
of Pentium 4s with Hyper-threading Technology.